Plant-based Nylon-10,10 Powder for Color Cosmetics

Dec 28, 2011 | Contact Author | By: Katie Schaefer
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Title: Plant-based Nylon-10,10 Powder for Color Cosmetics
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Evonik has launched a plant-based nylon-10, 10 powder that contributes mattifying and oil-absorbing properties to color cosmetics. Tegolon ECO 10-10 (INCI: Not Provided) is comprised of polyamide particles derived from castor oil.

The polyamide is based on nylon-10,10, an AA-BB polyamide that is made in a polycondensation process of sebacic acid and decamethylene diamine. Both raw materials are derived from castor oil (Ricinus communis). The shape and size of the cosmetic particles of the nylon-10,10 are said to be comparable to the standard particles of nylon-12. Moreover, the polyamide particles show the same high oil absorption as standard grades.

In cosmetic formulations, nylon helps improve the tactile properties of the product. Hence, this polyamide grade generates a pleasant skin feel. Its oil-absorbing properties and high covering power make the polyamide suitable for decorative cosmetic products such as mattifying foundations and loose and compact facial powders. It reportedly reduces unwanted shine on the skin, covers minor wrinkles and skin impurities and ensures adherence and wear in lipsticks and concealer sticks, as well as in those foundations and facial powders. The nylon-10,10 also facilitates the development of light makeup formulations without the use of cyclopentasiloxane.

Manufacturers formulating with the nylon powder can use sustainable, natural and green claims, according to the company. The company conducted a lifecycle assessment of the product to report that the product's carbon footprint is significantly lower compared to petrochemical based nylon materials (kg CO2-equivalent/kg nylon).